Thomas Harvey

RankSecond Lieutenant
Medals1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentKing’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), 3rd Battalion
Military Service

It has been impossible to find any details of Harvey’s military service. In 1914 he was settled in Southern Rhodesia and seems to have enlisted in the Rhodesia Regiment as a private (1471). His Medal Card records his first theatre of war as being German South West Africa in 1915 which fits well with the fact that the 1st Rhodesia Regiment served there under the command of General Botha.

Harvey was awarded a commission in the 3rd Battalion of the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment on 6th July 1916. This was a reserve battalion and he was attached to the 6th Battalion which had served in Gallipoli 1915, and was in Mesopotamia from Feb 1916. The War Diaries of the Middle East theatres of war have not yet been digitized so it has been impossible to find out any details of Harvey’s service in Mesopotamia. On 11th March 1917 the battalion was amongst first British troops to enter Baghdad.


12th November 1884, Glasgow

Death29th April 1917
Circumstances of Death

Harvey’s Medal Card simply records that he ‘died’, not killed in action or died of wounds. This suggests that he died of disease.

BurialBaghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, X. G. 9.
CWGC Information



Albert Harvey (1843-1912) & Margaret M Thomson (1847-1931)

Father's Occupation

Muslin & tapestry manufacturer of T & D Wilson & Co, 72 George Street, Mile-end


Agnes S (1875-1877), William A (1876-1948), Margaret T P (1878-1947), George S (c1880- ), Wilson (1881- )




Glasgow Academy


Cattle rancher

1891 Census

Carbeth House, Killearn, Stirlingshire [visiting the Wilson family]
Family home was 16 Westbourne Gardens, Kelvinside

1901 Census

Bryanstone Villa, Prestwick [not at home]

1911 Census

2 Park Terrace East, Glasgow [father’s address]

Home Address

1917 – Laggan Sinoia, S Rhodesia.

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Omega Lair 254
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Glasgow Academy War Memorial
Wellington Church War Memorial

Other Information

At some unknown date Harvey emigrated to Lomagundi District, Southern Rhodesia where he is recorded as owning a cattle ranch in the Glasgow Academy Chronicle of October 1913.

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project

Glasgow Academy Chronicle, 1913



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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